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Runoff to decide Fulton races

Thursday, May 20, 2004

ELECTION NIGHT JITTERS: Fulton County sheriff candidate Carroll Traw, left, talks with Fulton County deputy James Cantrell and Salem Police Chief Al Roork at the Fulton County Courthouse.
Staff Writer

In judge's race Willett to face Smith; in sheriff's race it's Traw, Dillinger

The race for Fulton County judge and sheriff didn't end May 18. Both races will be decided with a runoff election June 8.

In the Fulton County judge's race, Charles Willett of Salem, who received 1,095 votes (34 percent), will face off against Jerry Smith of Mammoth Spring, who received 1,022 votes (34 percent).

Bob Russell of Hardy, with 597 votes (19 percent), and Roger Kinder of Salem, with 491 votes (15 percent), were the other Fulton County judge candidates.

Current Fulton County Judge Curren Everett is stepping down to seek the District 82 state House of Representatives seat.

In the sheriff's race Carrol Traw of Mammoth Spring, with 1,198 votes (37 percent), will face Walter Dillinger of Viola who garnered 1,179 votes (37 percent). Chuck Young of Salem received 558 votes (17 percent), and Terry Dailey of Viola tallied 293 votes (9 percent) in the sheriff's race.

Fulton County Sheriff Lloyd Martz is retiring.

Totals from the justice of the peace and constables races were unavailable at press time due to malfunctions with the county's vote counting machine.

According to Fulton County Clerk Gene Maguffee, a computer chip was programmed incorrectly in the county's optical voting scanner. The malfunction prevented some votes from being read.

Maguffee said votes not tallied by the scanner were hand counted.

In the Cleveland and Afton Townships there were minor discrepancies in the absentee ballots in the constable and JP races, and Maguffee said they would have to be recounted by hand May 19.

Deputy Clerk Vickie Bishop of Salem received 2,322 votes (73 percent) to overwhelm Evalene "Ebb" Glisson of Salem, 872 votes (27 percent), in the Fulton County clerk's race.

Incumbent Fulton County Assessor Jerry Humphrey of Salem, with 1,940 votes (61 percent), easily defeated challenger Greg Jackson, with 1,249 votes (39 percent).

Fulton County Coroner Steven Barker of Salem received 1,708 votes (55 percent) to edge challenger Clell Cox of Salem, with 1,406 votes (45 percent).

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